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As Arlington Gets Denser, Planners Study How To Right-Size Parking Lots

This article was originally published by Martin Di Caro of WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington D.C. In transit-rich Arlington, parking spots in residential high-rises remain empty, even at times of “maximum capacity,” according to a new study by Arlington County Commuter Services’ Mobility Lab researchers, who will distribute their data to engineers who produce a nationwide manual… Read more »

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Arlington’s Local Transportation Data Helps Others Nationwide

Arlington County, Virginia has requirements for many proposed development projects that allow county transportation experts to measure key indicators such as parking occupancy, vehicles moving in and out of garages, and commute mode choice of residents. Individually, these studies can be used by these experts to compare reality against the projections used in the traffic-impact… Read more »

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A Call for Traffic Data to Improve Our Transportation Systems

One of the most important resources for determining the transportation impacts of new land development is the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Trip Generation Manual. When a new neighborhood, shopping mall, or office complex is proposed, transportation engineers conduct a study that forecasts “trip generation” – or how much traffic will come in and out… Read more »

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Arlington Residential Parking Garages Not Full

A new study by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) examines the travel and parking behaviors of residents by looking at a sample of residential site plan buildings. Site plan buildings are those that require special approval from the County Board in order to be developed because they need some kind of exception to the zoning… Read more »

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New Census Data: Arlington Residents Continue Using High-Efficiency Modes for Commuting

The 2012 American Community Survey Data show numerical changes in the way Arlingtonians get to work, but the differences are not statistically significant. Yesterday, the Census Bureau released new American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Arlington residents maintained their high rates of biking, walking, and transit use, with small percentage… Read more »

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TDM is Not Scary: A 101 on Transportation Demand Management

“How do we begin to covet, Clarisse? Do we seek out things to covet? No, we covet what we see every day.” – Hannibal Lecter in Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs Here at Mobility Lab, we share stories about transportation options that are “cool, healthy, fun, and efficient.” The thing is: these stories are about something… Read more »

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Congestion Isn’t Just About Highways

This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington. Trends indicate that Americans are driving less and have diminished interest in owning a vehicle. But what happens when the transportation modes they switch to become as crowded as the highways they left? In the United States, we usually focus on gridlock and time lost while driving,… Read more »

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Why Should Local Governments Care About Carsharing?

The “sharing economy” is growing at an astonishing rate in response to economic needs, technological innovation, and cultural changes across the globe. People are sharing things of value that are otherwise underutilized, and in the process building new networks and communities. Through the internet and mobile devices, companies now facilitate sharing your house, your skills… Read more »

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Does Walking to the Metro Count as My Daily Exercise?

If you are like me and live or work about five blocks from the Metro and generally wait till the last minute to leave to catch the train, the hurried walk to the Metro counts as exercise! I have been pleased to discover that walking briskly for at least thirty minutes a day is the… Read more »